Mile High Five Foundation


Mile High


Friday, October 12, 2018

The brown palace, Denver

A Black Tie Affair

In 2009, five guys met over breakfast and decided to create an event to raise money for a great cause and have a fantastic time doing it. The result of our brainstorming was a black-tie boxing event in Denver, and Friday Night Fights was born.

The Mile High Five (MH5) Foundation was founded in 2013 with the sole mission of hosting Mile High MMAyhem (MHM) each year; 2018 marks the sixth year for MHM. The net proceeds benefit worthy organizations supporting youth/health-related organizations. Mile High MMAyhem is a black-tie affair featuring mixed martial arts bouts and will be held on October 12, 2018.

Proceeds from the 2017 Event benefitted the Emmanuel Sanders Foundation, Von’s Vision and other Denver-based youth organizations.

Thank you to all of our generous supporters!

  • Jay Coughlon
  • Ethan Furtek
  • Eric Holt
  • Pat Seese
  • Ryan Sullivan
  • Lyle Wallace
  • Kenneth Monfort


The mission of the Emmanuel Sanders Foundation is to provide children from financially disadvantaged families with resources and support to reach their full potential and attain a better life. Through the foundation, Emmanuel will give financially disadvantaged children the opportunity to participate in sports by funding their sporting fees and providing proper sports equipment they need to be successful. By providing these opportunities, it is a personal mission for Emmanuel to teach children the life fundamentals that come from playing sports, such as teamwork, discipline, perseverance and work ethic.

The mission of Von’s Vision is to provide low-income Denver children with the eye care and corrective eyewear they need to be their best in the classroom and in life.

Meet the Board

Jay Coughlon

Jay Coughlon is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lariat Partners, LP, a Denver-based private equity fund focused on partnering with entrepreneurs in the lower middle market. Prior to co-founding Lariat in January 2013, Jay was a Managing Director at KRG Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm with over $3 billion of capital under management. Jay started his career at Banc of America Securities in the Leveraged Finance group after earning a degree in Accounting & International Business from Marquette University. Jay lives in central Denver with his wife and three children and loves skiing, biking and football (torn Packers/Broncos fan).

Ethan Furtek

Ethan is a Vice President with Integris Partners, a Denver-based middle-market investment bank dedicated primarily to mergers and acquisitions. He began his investment banking career more than a decade ago with Headwaters MB, after receiving a BS in Finance from Arizona State University. In addition to MH5, Ethan serves on the Associate Board of The Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE). He lives in Denver with his wife and son.

Eric Holt, CFA

Eric is the Founder and Managing Principal of 7258 Wealth Management, an independent financial advisory firm. Eric spent nine years in the Air Force, where he was an award-winning Finance Professor at the United States Air Force Academy. Eric serves on the Board of Trustees of The Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE), serves on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science President’s Leadership Council, and was recently appointed to The Children’s Hospital Foundation Legacy Planning Advisory Council. He is a Co-Founder of The Mile High Five Foundation and is a former President of the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council. He graduated from the Air Force Academy with academic distinction and received an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a CFA Charterholder. He lives in Greenwood Village with his wife, two kids and a Goldendoodle.

Patrick Seese

Patrick Seese is an owner and a Managing Director of Integris Partners, a middle-market investment banking firm focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to this, Mr. Seese was a Managing Director at Headwaters, MB, middle-market investing banking firm, worked in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York, served as Head of Corporate Development for Katy Industries, a publicly traded industrial and consumer products company, and was a CPA, in the audit department of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Seese is a graduate of the University of Colorado and earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Seese currently serves as a Trustee of the ALPS Series Trust based on his business, financial services and accounting experience and he is a Co-Founder of The Mile High Five Foundation.

Lyle Wallace

Lyle A. Wallace is a Corporate Partner at Sherman & Howard, one of Denver’s largest law firms. A believer in effecting positive change in the lives of Colorado “at-risk” youth population, Lyle serves on the Board of Denver Urban Scholars in addition to his role with The Mile High Five Foundation, and he has previously served on the Boards of Youth Opportunity Foundation and Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation.

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan is a Colorado native and works for Nighthawk Energy as Land Manager/Business Development representative for the company. Nighthawk is a Denver based independent oil and gas company with assets in Eastern Colorado. Prior to Nighthawk, he worked with TERRACORE as a Landman and Acquisitions/Divestitures representative for the company, focused on upstream oil and gas assets. In addition to MH5, Ryan serves on the Board of Advisors for ACE Scholarships and also the Advisory Board for Young Life in Cherry Creek Schools. Long before the energy business, he was a ski bum in Jackson Hole and a fly fishing guide, which he continues to do part time with Trouts Fly Fishing based in central Denver, where he currently lives with his wife, two kids and a bulldog.

Kenneth Monfort

Kenneth Monfort, owner/director at Monfort Companies since 2011, has played an instrumental role in structuring the family’s private investment office and real estate development arm. Born in Greeley, Colorado, Kenneth was raised in alignment with his family’s strong agricultural ties dating back five generations. Although Kenneth’s responsibilities lie largely as head of development for Monfort Companies sponsored real estate projects, he maintains a role in business development for the private investment division, which has historically had interests in large-scale real estate developments, agriculture, energy production, private financial products, hotels, and restaurants. Charitably, Kenneth is strongly correlated and helps in the betterment of the Find Solutions Homeless Organization, the Stronger Cord program at the Denver Rescue Mission, the YESS Children’s Institute within DPS, and is a proud member at the Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation – which annually raises and grants over $1.3 million to local children’s charities. Deeming Colorado his home, Kenneth’s business and social endeavors are focused on the sustainability and improvement of local communities and livelihoods.

Special Thanks

Alex Hodgkin, CFA

Alex is a managing partner and co-founder of Intrinsic, LLC, a valuation and financial advisory firm. He spent the first part of his career as an investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney and later Headwaters MB. In these roles he executed engagements involving strategic alternative reviews for multinational corporations, liquidity strategies for middle market entrepreneurs, sell side advisory assignments, equity and subordinated debt offerings in the public and private capital markets, and fairness opinions. As a valuation practitioner, Alex has considerable expertise providing valuation advisory services to the high net worth and institutional investor communities. He holds a BS in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, a BS in Electrical and Computer engineering from the University of Colorado, and is currently completing his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business as a weekend MBA student. He is involved in several non-profit causes including the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, First Descents, and The Mile High Five Foundation.

Ron Kruck

For nearly a decade, Ron Kruck has worked for Mark Cuban, owner of AXS TV and the Dallas Mavericks and has been lead correspondent for the groundbreaking program Inside MMA. His responsibilities include covering UFC events, producing weekly features, interviewing the top stars in mixed martial arts, and filling in as host alongside MMA legend Bas Rutten. In addition, Ron also handles the ring reporting duties for many “AXS Fights” events and has done play-by-play for StrikeForce on SHOWTIME, GLORY Kickboxing on CBS Sports Network, SPIKE TV, and the International Fight League on Fox Sports. When he’s not on-air, Kruck is also a regular contributor to FIGHT! Magazine. Before joining AXS TV, Ron covered and conducted interviews at some of the biggest sporting events, including the Stanley Cup playoffs, Major League Baseball playoffs, NBA playoffs, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Olympic Trials, and the Fiesta and Orange Bowls.


Mile High MMAyhem 2016 – Thank You for Attending!

Thank you for attending Mile High MMAyhem on October 28th. We had 286 people join us and raised almost $200,000 for the Denver Urban Scholars. We would like to extend a special thank you to: Chuck McDaniel and Andy Plucker, Lockton Companies,  for being our Presenting...

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What should I wear?

Black-tie. Don’t be that guy who didn’t know and shows up in skinny jeans.

Will there be an ||ask|| the night of the event?

There will be an opportunity to make a donation to the Mile High Five Foundation the night of the event. We sincerely hope that each person who is a guest of someone else chooses to make a donation of at least $250 that evening.

Are individual tickets for sale?

There are no individual tickets to the event. Tables will be sold, but the costs of the tables can be allocated between multiple parties.

Why MMA and not boxing?

While guys like to get dressed-up and watch two people beat each other up in any format, we thought the prospect of knock-outs and tap-outs justified the format change. From an entertainment perspective, MMA trumps boxing.

Are the costs of the tables tax-deductible?

Yes, any donation above the cost of any goods/services received will be tax-deductible; however, please consult your tax advisor.

Will there be transportation available after the event?

Cabs will be ready and waiting. If you plan to drink at all, plan not to drive.

I am pretty tough. Should I challenge one of the MMA fighters before/during/after their match?

We urge you to drink responsibly and avoid confronting any of the MMA fighters even if you’ve only had one drink.